BSc Business and Management

Joseph Taylor Business and Management Aston University
My placement year helped me to develop as a person. It helped me develop and refine my skill set, giving me the opportunity to apply the theory I had learnt and put it into practice.”

Joseph Taylor
Graduate Scheme, JLR

Entry requirements

A Level Entry: AAB/ABB*
(*variable offers are available)
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD

Get a comprehensive understanding of the various functions of management, alongside the opportunity to specialise in areas of business that interest you. You will develop the breadth and depth of business knowledge required for a successful management career. Our graduates go on to work at companies including Google, KPMG and Santander.

This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Gain experience for your CV with the placement year
Ranked Top 30 (Complete University Guide, 2018)
Employed Aston business graduates earn £9,300 (35%) more than the UK average five years after graduating
91% Overall Satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2017)

Course information

Entry Requirements

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-EU students

UCAS Code: NN12
Typical offers:
A Levels: AAB - ABB 
IB: 32 points overall in the IB diploma with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and maths at Standard level.
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC National Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements:
5 GCSE grades A* - C to include:
GCSE Maths – grade C/4
GCSE English – grade C/4
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

UCAS applicants who select this course as their Firm choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.
Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,950 (£2,500 during placement year) for International students (2018). More on fees

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

The Aston Business and Management degree is a 4-year integrated sandwich programme that provides a comprehensive understanding of the various functions of management, alongside the opportunity for you to specialise in areas of business that interest you. You will develop the breadth and depth of business knowledge required for a successful management career. 

In a rapidly changing business environment, graduates with specialist knowledge underpinned by a broader understanding of how businesses and managers operate will be well placed to succeed.

Year 1  

In your first year you will study a wide range of management related subjects, designed to ensure you have a broad foundation and knowledge of management. You will consider the economic, financial, human and legal issues managers deal with, and learn the tools and techniques they use to resolve them. You'll be introduced to the key areas of business as well as carrying out project drawing together the subjects you have studied.   
  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisational Behaviour
  • Law for Business  
  • Introduction to Marketing Management 
  • Principles of Operation Management
  • Foundations of Business Analytics
  • Information Technology for Business 
  • Introduction to Business Economics

Year 2

In your second year you will select elective modules from the list below. In addition to this you will study the following three core modules:

  • Business Policy
  • Business Game
  • Business, Government & Society

Elective modules:

  • Strategic Finance
  • Financial Management
  • Making Managerial Decisions using Accounting Information
  • Financial Accounting
  • Company Reporting and Audit
  • Business Analytics in Practice
  • Business Analytics and Data Mining
  • Operational Research Techniques

  • Dashboards and Spreadsheets

  • Global Society

  • Environmental Policy

  • Government and Management

  • Welfare States and Welfare Change

  • Theories and Practice of HRM

  • Psychology and Work

  • Effective Teamwork

  • Developing Creativity at Work

  • Strategy for Future Leaders

  • International Business Environment

  • International Business Economics

  • Principles of Macro Economics

  • Principles of Micro Economics

  • Introduction to Econometrics 1

  • Emerging and Transitional Economies

  • Regional and Urban Economics

  • Systems Analysis

  • IT and Web Development

  • Databases

  • Principles of Intellectual Property Law

  • Principles of Corporate Law

  • Principles of Commercial Law

  • Introduction to Market Research

  • Digital Marketing

  • Principles ofServices Marketing

  • Consumer Behaviour

  • Advanced Consumer Behaviour

  • Marketing Communications

  • Total Quality Management

  • Doing e-Business

  • Enterprise Resource Planning

Year 3 

You will spend this year in a professional placement or you may choose to take up an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. This year is compulsory for all UK and EU students.

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final year

In your final year you will study a core module in Strategic Management along with elective modules from the following specialist areas:

  • Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Business and Government
  • Business Psychology
  • Business Economics
  • Information Systems
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Languages (French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic or Portuguese)

Personal development

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of business skills needed to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.  


Assessment is provided by a mixture of coursework and examinations.


You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials.

For example all business students undertake the Business Game module and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of external employers.

Course Director

Dr Gary Simpson

Aston Business School graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies. Exemptions are dependent upon the options you have followed.

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII)
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)

Graduates may gain entry onto the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Diploma in Professional Marketing qualification. Graduates must apply directly to the CIM.

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. 

Our integrated placement year course allows you to undertake a professional paid placement, where you gain valuable practical management experience within accounting, finance or management

The placement year incorporates spending the third year of your programme in a paid professional placement.  The placement can be related to one or both of your chosen Business and Management streams or a more general management role. 

We have links to over 800 different companies and organisations and advertise around 3000 posts each year to our students.

The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer.

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.

With its combination of broad-based and specialist knowledge alongside the placement year, this degree offers a route into general management as well as specialist areas such as accounting, marketing and market research, administration, banking and finance/economics, human resources and operations management.

graduates are extremely successful in finding employment. Examples of the graduate positions they have obtained include:

  • Uk Corporate Marketing Grad Scheme - Samsung
  • Associate - Coutts
  • Area Manager - Amazon
  • Project Management - Hewlett Packard
  • Graduate It Programmer - Santander
  • Trainee Area Manager - Mitchells And Butler
  • Event Management - Chamber Of Commerce Birmingham
  • Sales And Marketing Graduate Scheme - KPMG
  • Operations Graduate Scheme - Lloyds Bank
  • Associate Account Strategist - Google

I'd love to hear from you.

Gary Simpson Business and Management Aston
Dr Gary Simpson, Course Director

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