Business Management - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

BSc (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year * Subject to validation

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £10,050 Foundation year*

*All figures are subject to approval by the Office for Students.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

UCAS code: N124

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Four years full time or five years with one year spent on industrial placement

 This course is available in Clearing 2018

Call our hotline on 0808 5 564 565 to ask about vacancies on courses starting in September.

Minimum UCAS points required: TBC

Limited places available. Call our hotline to find your place.

About your course

This programme blends contemporary business theory with the practical application of technical business skills and prepares students for a successful career in multiple roles, whether as a team member, leader or future manager.

  • Opportunity to spend a year on placement, gaining valuable experience in industry
  • Study abroad opportunities in China, the USA and Europe
  • Prepares students for multiple business roles through the use of business simulation tools and live projects
  • Gain technical business skills through practical application of business theory
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

Liverpool Business School helped me gain invaluable work experience, which has been essential in helping me secure a fantastic graduate scheme

Heather Sutherland, BA (Hons) Business Studies graduate

This new course has been designed to prepare our students for today’s business environment, giving them practical skills and theoretical knowledge so that they can go into the workplace with confidence and capabilities.

Alistair Beere, Programme Leader

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

Liverpool Business School has a dedicated Employability Support Unit based within the Redmonds Building. For those who choose to undertake a placement year between the second and third year of study, the unit offers support with securing your placement, as well as preparing you for interviews or developing a CV. You will gain valuable work-related experience when you work as part of a team of 'student consultants' on your live business project as part of the assessment requirements.

Early in your second year of study you can decide whether to undertake a paid 48-week work placement in the UK or overseas. You would do this placement between your second and third year of study.

Placements provide the opportunity to gain experience of what it’s like to work in industry as well as giving you a chance to put your learning into practice, develop personal skills and enhance your employability. A significant number of our students also go on to secure employment with their placement provider after graduating.

Liverpool Business School's Employability Support Unit will help you find suitable vacancies and support you during the application process and whilst on placement.

​Placements are available in a wide variety of roles, in organisations of all sectors and sizes, from large multinationals to small and medium enterprises. Organisations we have previously placed Business students at include Unilever, Liverpool Football Club, Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Bentley.

During your placement, you will work on real-life business problems and have the opportunity to suggest ideas that may be implemented by your placement organisation.

Some students choose to spend their placement year abroad. Previous students have been placed with Airbus in Toulouse, Tom Tom in Amsterdam and Toyota in Brussels.  

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

The programme team provides a supportive environment in which to study. The 'student-centred' approach of your tutors will ensure that you are provided with the individual support and guidance needed. A personal tutor will be assigned to help you with your personal development and career planning. 

 In addition, each module leader offers drop in opportunities for you to clarify your understanding and, if needed, provide further detailed feedback on a piece of work.

Course details

This new programme has been designed with a curriculum that reflects today’s business environment. It provides a balanced mix of contemporary academic study, personal and business skills development and invaluable work experience opportunities.

As a Business Management student you will become competent in:

  • digital analytical expertise
  • managing finance with appropriate tools
  • understanding financial markets
  • people management
  • development and marketing of products and services
  • planning and project management delivery

Upon graduation, students will also be well prepared for the increasing challenges of global business and its environment. 

The programme has seven core modules at level 4, which form the essential commercial underpinnings for a global career in the digital business world. After completing this first year, students can then specialise and gain accreditation in their chosen area of expertise.

You are encouraged to complete an optional year work placement in industry between the second and third year of study. This will provide you with a richer overall experience. It will also significantly enhance your employment prospects upon graduating, as you will have gained work experience that you can draw upon when completing application forms and interviews.

Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the interest and ability to study for a degree, but do not have the qualifications to enter directly onto the Business Management honours degree programme yet.

Once you pass the Foundation Year (level 3) you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree. If you are a full-time UK student, you will qualify for student financial support for the full duration of your course (subject to eligibility criteria

Liverpool Business School has partnerships with business schools at universities and colleges across Europe, in the USA and in China. Liverpool Business School recognises the importance of providing cultural enrichment opportunities for students and offers students on this programme the opportunity to spend a semester in their second year at a partner university abroad as part of their studies.

Students can also choose to spend an additional year of study at one of our partner universities between the second and third years. All study abroad opportunities are in English. There are also many supported opportunities for activities at partner universities during summer vacations.

What you will study on this degree

Please refer to guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study. Please note that these modules are currently out for consultation as part of the validation process and may be subject to change.

  Level 3

  • Integrated Skills for Higher Education
  • Business Foundations
  • Understanding Business Context
  • Business Project
Level 4

Core Modules:

  • Business and the Economy
  • Data Analysis for Business
  • Finance and Accounting for Managers
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Operations and Technology Management
  • Managing People and Organisations
  • Personal and Professional Development

Level 5

Core Modules

  • The Digital Economy
  • Project Management
  • Research and Analysis for Business
  • Sustainability and the Circular Economy
  • Employability and Enterprise

Level 5 Pathways (Optional Modules) 

  • Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Performance and Reward
  • HR Models and Metrics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Procurement Management
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Digital Marketing
  • Managing the Multinational Enterprise
  • Finance of International Trade
  • Investment and Financial Analysis
  • Project Management Methodologies
  • Leading and influencing projects
  • Global Sustainability, Issues and Opportunities
  • Creating Shared Values

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Strategic Management
  • Project/Dissertation OR Business Plan/Consultancy

Level 6 Pathways (Optional Modules)

  • Corporate Governance and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Risk and Resilience in a Changing World
  • Personal and Professional Ethics
  • Project Planning, Monitoring and Control
  • Contemporary Project Management Practice
  • Strategic Corporate and Project Finance
  • Applied Business Entrepreneurship
  • Internationalisation of Small Businesses
  • Social Enterprise
  • Contemporary Economic Policy
  • Corporate Finance and Risk Management
  • Corporate Governance and Finance
  • Global Strategy in Practice
  • Strategic HRM
  • Employment Law
  • Leadership
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Global Marketing
  • Strategic Branding
  • Logistics and Transportation
  • Sustainable Supply Chains
  • Lean Operations

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Subjects are delivered via a balance of formal lectures, informal workshops and seminars. These allow students to discuss, develop and practice their understanding of particular theories and principles.

Additionally professional speakers from industry share their own experience and perspectives with students, enabling them to gain invaluable insight into the workplace.

Practical off-site visits to organisations such as Jaguar Landrover, Typhoo, Vauxhall Motors and CAT (Centre for Alternative Technologies), allow students to observe how theory is put into practice. This helps provide context to theoretical underpinnings and can also help students select their future career pathway.

The programme uses business technology to support learning. This includes simulation, digital analytics, 'live' textbooks , use of the Bloomberg information centre, visits to our sensor city campus and case studies supported by our Canvas virtual learning environment.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

Staff have excellent links with a diverse range of organisations, from multinationals such as Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, BT, BAE and Reuters, to small and medium enterprises, based within the private and public sectors.

The programme team continually update their expertise, which directly informs course content and prepares students for the workplace upon graduation.

The teaching team who deliver this programme are said by students of similar programmes that the team are friendly and approachable, and committed to providing you with the best possible learning experience.

Staff research interests include: Business Analytics, Digital Business, Data Mining, Investment Management, Entrepreneurship, Consumer Behaviour and Strategic Management.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose

We understand that students perform differently depending on the type of assessment they are given and so a range of assessment methods are used on the programme. These include written assignments (essays/reports, individual/group), exams (closed book), practical assessments, individual and group presentations, portfolios, reflective logs and a dissertation. There could be up to three assessments per module, for example a presentation, report and exam.

​Written feedback is provided within 15 working days of submission, but you can also get face-to-face feedback from your Module Tutor. We believe that constructive feedback is vital in helping you identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to develop further.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

*Subject to parliamentary approval.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000.  This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

The Business School has a great reputation for helping graduates secure professional employment.

​Liverpool Business School has historically had an excellent employment record with graduates securing graduate-level positions with leading employers in public and private sectors. These include Everton Football Club, Kellogg company, Santander and Deloitte.

In the last Destination of Leavers in HE survey (2015/16 data), 96.7% of our graduates had secured employment or were in further study within 6 months of graduating.

Graduates can expect to enjoy varied career opportunities both in the UK and overseas. Many graduates may establish their own consultancies or businesses.

The degree opens up a wide variety of career opportunities for graduates in marketing, digital analytics, purchasing, human resources, management, finance and sales.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

Professional accreditation / links

​This programme is new and is therefore going through the application process for formal accreditation, which previous Business Studies and Business Management programmes at Liverpool Business School have successfully obtained. ​

Foundation year fees

If you are studying on a foundation year of a degree programme you will be charged a reduced fee for your 1st year only. This means you will only pay £10,050 tuition fees for the first (foundation) year of your course.

After your first year, your annual tuition fees will increase to the standard tuition fee charged for our undergraduate courses (£13,250/£14,000).

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.

Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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