Business Management - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

BA (Hons) Business Management with Foundation Year

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: To be confirmed
Full time international tuition fee: To be confirmed

We are awaiting confirmation from the UK Government on what the 2018/19 undergraduate tuition fees will be. Fees will be shown here once an announcement has been made.

Course type

BA (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 72

UCAS code: N124

Institute code: L51

Study mode

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

About your course

Completing the professionally-accredited BA (Hons) Business Management at Liverpool John Moores University will give you the knowledge, skills and experience to embark on a wide range of management careers thanks to our extensive business links and excellent placement opportunities.

  • Accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management, Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Six Sigma Professionals, all students receive free Student Membership of the Institute of Directors
  • Excellent links with business in the private and public sectors
  • Opportunity to spend a year on work placement  
  • Preparation for success in a broad range of business careers from working for a multinational to running your own company
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

It is really good that you come out with a degree but also some professional qualifications. Hopefully, I should have a better chance of getting a job.

Current student

The lecturers are well prepared with excellent knowledge. They are able to explain things using real life examples so you can understand.

Current student

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

Thanks to Liverpool Business School’s excellent links with industry, and the support of the dedicated Employability Support Unit, there are plenty of exciting opportunities for undertaking a year’s work placement with a diverse range of organisations, from multi-nationals to small and medium enterprises and the public sector.

You will have opportunities to meet and engage with employers at the annual autumn placement fair, plus many employers come in to talk about placement schemes, run assessment centres and give guest lectures.

During your placement, you will be given real-life business problems to solve and your ideas will often be implemented. You could even choose to spend your sandwich year abroad.



Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

The Liverpool Business School is a supportive environment in which to study and the ‘student-centred approach’ of your tutors will ensure that you are given the support and guidance you need. This support could be in the form of one-to-one tutorials with your personal tutor to discuss a piece of coursework or to work on your personal development plan.

Course details

Through a balanced mix of academic study, personal development and acquisition of business skills, the BA (Hons) Business Management degree prepares you to take up influential positions in both private and public enterprises.

To be successful, organisations need strong leaders with entrepreneurial skills who can generate the creative and innovative ideas that businesses rely on to remain competitive in a global market. 

You will become competent in managing people, money, markets and products, and develop your analytical, planning and information management skills within a business context so that by the time you graduate, you will be fully prepared to tackle the challenges of the real business world. 

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).



One of the attractions of the programme is the sheer breadth and variety of subjects covered: one moment you may be analysing a set of company accounts, the next you are forecasting business activity or speculating about the future of the economy. The aim is to make you an ‘all rounder’ who is attractive to potential employers.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 3

  • Integrated Skills for Higher Education
  • Business Foundations
  • Understanding Business Contex
  • Business Project

 

Level 4
  • Fundamentals of Management
  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance
  • Business Economic Decision Making
  • Contemporary Issues in Business and Society
  • Academic Skills for Business and Management
  • Marketing Marketing and Sales
Level 5
  • Digital Business Intelligence
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Quality and Operations Management
  • Research Methods for Business

The following options are typically offered:

  • Investment and Finance Analysis
  • Business Law
  • Leadership for Business
  • Supply Chain Operations
  • Retail Management

Sandwich degree
  • Year-long placement
Level 6
  • Strategic Management
  • Researching and Developing a Business Plan for a New Venture
  • Innovation and Creativity for Business
  • Project Management
  • Global Business Environment

The following options are typically offered:

  • Social Enterprise
  • Diversity Management
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Environmental Management
  • Corporate Governance and Finance

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.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

Teaching is delivered via lectures and small-group seminars. You will be expected to do your own additional reading and research around each lecture, supported by a designated personal tutor who will guide and advise you throughout your studies.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

Your Business Management lecturers are experts in their particular subjects and have excellent links with business in both the private and public sectors. This means that course content is directly informed by the latest business developments and tailored to the current needs of employers.

With their ‘student-centred approach’, the academic team is also highly supportive and committed to ensuring you have the best possible learning experience.

The Business Management team won the Liverpool Students' Union 2012 Amazing Course Team award in recognition of their innovative and wide ranging engagement and support for their students, as described in this nomination: "The dedicated support and friendliness of the programme team has made my University career really enjoyable. The team have helped me to develop both socially and academically during my time at LJMU. Thanks to this team I will leave University with fond memories and an abundance of inspiration and knowledge from the staff. I definitely chose the right programme three years ago."

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose

We recognise that individual students perform differently depending on the type of assessment used, and so we use a range of assessment methods on the programme. These can include written assignments (individual/group reports and essays), presentations (individual and group), practical assessments, exams (closed book), project work such as planning a new business venture and reflective logs. The number of assessments per module can vary.

Written feedback is provided for all assignments within 15 working days of submission, and you will be given the opportunity to discuss any issues one-to-one with your 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.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

72

Application and selection

​We are looking for candidates who are genuinely interested in business, management and/or entrepreneurship. Applicants should be able to communicate effectively both orally and in their written work and possess the self discipline to manage their time and tasks effectively while at LJMU.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: •Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: DDD
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: DM if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMP if studied on its own or to the total of 72 UCAS points if combined with other qualifcations

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 24 Merits AND 21 Passes, or any other combination that equates to 72 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 72 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Additional entry requirement information

​Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.

International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

Will I be interviewed?

Mature and non standard applicants may be invited to attend interview

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

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 2017 LJMU charged a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935 per year for its 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).

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.**

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

*Based on 2017 entry.

** 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).*

*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.

Past students who have successfully completed this degree have gone on to start their own business, or secure careers in areas such as marketing, sales, finance, human resources, and retail and general management. Others have enrolled on a postgraduate degree, such as the MSc Entrepreneurship, the MSc Management or the MSc International Business and Management at LJMU.

New for 2017 – 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. 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.

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.

Professional accreditation / links

This degree is accredited by the Institute of Leadership Management (ILM). ILM Level 5 awards are afforded to students who undertake modules and successfully complete 'Understanding Social Enterprise', 'Innovation and Creativity for Business' and 'Leadership for Business' modules. The programme is also accredited by the Institute of Six Sigma Professionals, and students who undertake and successfully complete the Level 6 Lean Six Sigma module.

Graduates of the course are guaranteed an offer of Associate Member with the Chartered Management Institute and upon completion of three years' work experience may upgrade to full member status (MCMI). 

All students receive student membership of the Institute of Directors, giving you invaluable access to resources, events and networking opportunities.

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.

For details on application processes and eligibility criteria, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/scholarships

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 may make changes to a programme of study or module where 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.
Further guidance on programme changes

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