BA (Hons) Business Studies

Our BA (Hons) Business Studies degree is designed to support you in becoming a confident, enterprising professional. The programme encompasses a range of interconnected business and management topics that will give you an understanding of organisations, their management and how they operate. 

You will learn about the subjects within an environment that is focused on the development of your interpersonal skills in parallel with your subject expertise. The combination of our approach to working with our students, the expertise of our staff, and our involvement with business provides an ideal environment for supporting you in becoming a valuable, commercially aware graduate. 

Student view

Luke Seward
BA (Hons) Business Studies (Professional Placement)
I chose to study a business degree at Chichester because the lectures are run in small workshop style sessions with more “facetime” with the lecturers, and I felt that I would learn more in this environment.

Course content

You will explore a variety of practice-based topics across a full range of business and management disciplines, including: 

  • Marketing
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems
  • Operations Management 
  • Business Strategy 
  • Research Skills

The first year of study focuses on providing the foundation to the rest of the degree through introducing you to the key subject areas, in parallel with allowing time to focus on your personal and team development skills. As you progress through the degree you will also have option modules that will let you specialise further in key business areas. 

In your final year of study you will undertake a management project. This allows you to research an area of particular interest. 

Our facilities

The Business School is located in an historic Georgian building, based at the University's Bognor Regis campus, that has been transformed with a modern interior purpose-built to reflect our approach to learning, and provide a relaxed yet professional working environment for students and staff. 

The campus is located in a park land setting close to the sea, and its contemporary, sunny learning resource centre provides both a social and work hub to the University community. 

Where this can take you

A key advantage of the multi-disciplinary nature of our Business Studies degree is that it does not confine you to a specific job within a specific business sector. Employers will value the breadth of your experience and the employability skills that you will have developed, such as effective communication; team working; leadership; problem solving and creative thinking. 

Work placements

You can take advantage of work placements in a number of ways. No matter which one you choose, you will be adding a distinctive element to your offer to graduate employers. Placements allow you to experience the reality of your programme applied to the current business environment. In addition to our more formal work placements, there will be other opportunities across your degree to work with organisations to assist them in discovering practical solutions to their challenges. 

Indicative modules

Year One Module Information

  • Management and Organisations
  • Business Decision-making
  • Introductory Law for Managers
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Accounting Skills
  • Business Information Systems
  • Working with Others and Developing Self

Year Two Module Information

  • The Economics of Business
  • Data Analysis for Research
  • Operations Management
  • Business Research
  • Human Resource Management
  • Managing Accounting for Control

Year Three Module Information

  • Business Strategy
  • Your choice of two of the following modules:
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Marketing Communications
  • Corporate Finance
  • Management Project

Teaching assessment

Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to enable you to become a confident and enterprising graduate.  It is focused on seeking to support your ambitions, in parallel with ensuring that the needs of employers are met.  With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:

  • In place of the more traditional large group lecture method to teaching undergraduate students adopted by most University Business Schools, our approach involves tutors working with relatively small numbers of students at a time.  As well as providing an excellent environment for supporting you in the development of your subject expertise, it also helps you to develop a wide range of soft skills, such as teamwork, communication and time management.  These attributes are highly valued by graduate employers. 
  • Opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects.  These experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic commercial situations.
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Course length

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Entry requirements 2016 - 2017

A levels: 280 to 320 UCAS Tariff points including at least one grade C
Edexcel National Diploma: Business related - DMM - MMM
International Baccalaureate: 30 points
QAA-approved Access Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits worth of level 3 units at Merit;

GCSEs: English language and maths at grade C or above.

Entry requirements 2017 - 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBC – CCC

A level / BTEC combination (including AS / E.P.): 105 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points


GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits at Merit