Business and Management

This degree provides a comprehensive understanding of the various functions of management, whilst allowing the opportunity to focus your studies within two specific areas.

Why choose this course?

  • Business and Management at Aston is currently ranked Top 20 in the UK in the latest Complete University Guide and Sunday Times University Guide. 
  • The course is ranked Top 20 in the UK for both Student Satisfaction and Employability in the 2015 Complete University Guide. 
  • This programme at Aston achieved 92% Overall Satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey.
  • 24/24 for Teaching Quality Assessment – rated as excellent.

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 (340-320 UCAS points)
IB: 35/34 points. Minimum scores of 6, 6, 5 at Higher level. 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
GCSE English – grade C
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

Tuition fees: £9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. (2013).  More on fees

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

The Aston Business and Management degree is a 4-year integrated sandwich programme which provides a comprehensive understanding of the various functions of management, whilst allowing the opportunity to focus your studies within specific subject areas.  You will develop the breadth and depth of knowledge required for managers in the 21st century. 

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 the tools and techniques they use.  You will introduced to the key areas of business as well as carrying out project which will help draw together the subjects you have studied.   

Year 2

In the second year you will select optional modules from the list below.  In addition to this you will study the following four core modules:

Optional modules are taken from the following subject streams:


  • Accounting
  • Business and Government
  • Business Psychology
  • E-Business
  • Economics
  • Information Systems
  • International Management
  • Law
  • Management Science
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management


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 double core module in Strategic Management along with ten optional modules from the following subject streams:

  • Accounting
  • Business and Government
  • Business Psychology
  • E-Business
  • Economics
  • Information Systems
  • International Management
  • Law
  • Management Science
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management


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

Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

For further information, see the programme specification (PDF).

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 placement year at ABS.

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
  • Chartered Institute of Marketing  
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • Association of International Accountants

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.

Aston Business Schools has an outstanding record of producing successful, highly sought after graduates. Of our most recent graduates, 80% went into graduate level employment within 6 months of graduation, one of the highest proportions in the UK (UK average approx 60%)

Further details of ABS graduate destinations

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills 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.

Our teaching accommodation has very recently been completely refurbished and all lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fully equipped with the latest teaching aids. Extensive use is made of our Virtual Learning Environment to help support your studies.

Aston Business School has dedicated computer suites for the exclusive use of its undergraduates and many campus areas are WI-FI networked. The university library facilities are extensive, modern and accessible and specialist staff are available to help you find the information you need.

Mr Paul Bocij
BA (Hons), PGCert (SSRM), MPhil, LCGI, MBCS, CITP, FIfL
Paul Bocij is a Teaching Fellow in Aston Business School, specialising in ICT, information systems and e-business.  He is the author of numerous books related to technology and is one of the writers behind Business Information Systems, one of the UK’s most successful text books.  He is a Chartered Information Technology Professional and a member of the British Computer Society.  His industry experience spans more than twenty-five years. 

Further information

Helen McGuirk
Admissions and Recruitment Co-ordinator
Aston Business School Undergraduate Office
+44 (0) 121 204 3030

Student Profile

Student Profile

Gemma Wilcox

Second year student

Aston stood out to me because of its high employment rate and the quality of the course. I also love how it is so diverse, I have made very good friends with people from all over the world.


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