BA (Hons) Business Studies - Course overview
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Develop skills essential for modern management

This popular course provides an overview of business activities and develops the skills essential for modern management. You will be encouraged to develop an independent and entrepreneurial approach to problem solving and business analysis. This approach, combined with your business knowledge and the experience gained on your placement, is highly valued by employers.

​BA (Hons) Business Studies with Plymouth University

The BA (Hons) in Business Studies is a four year course providing a broad-based education in all the main business disciplines along with an opportunity to select areas of special interest, including the study of languages, at every stage of the course. This course also contains a sustainability dimension.
You can also study BA (Hons) Business Administration at Plymouth University. To find out more visit the BA (Hons) Business Administration course page.

What our students say

"​My time at Plymouth University has been a wonderful experience as well as helping me to prepare for the future. It’s a lovely University, well situated and with plenty of on-campus activities. I enjoyed my time there and I’m sure many other students feel the same."
Jennifer Louise White,
BA (Hons) Business Studies and Microsoft Protege 2011 team member


Protege 2011 winners

​What our students say

"As part of this course we get to do a placement year, as such I was selected as one of six UK undergraduates to go over to Sri Lanka and compete in Ideators (the Sri Lankan version of The Apprentice). The aspect I most enjoyed about studying on a placement year was the fact that we got to take ourselves out of the University, where you don't have to attend lectures, you don't have to do exams, you get to go and actually gain a whole year's experience in a company, in any specialism. As a result I can now confidently say that I have the skills to pay the bills. Going to university is a big step up, but then taking on a placement year and the opportunity we had last summer has completely changed my outlook on life."
Dan Smith, BA (Hons) Business Studies student
Dan Smith

​Career opportunities

Our business-savvy graduates are highly valued in commercial, manufacturing and service organisations. Companies such as MasterCard, INTEL, Marks & Spencer, Royal Bank of Scotland, Shell, Gillette, Deutsche Bank and Rolls-Royce have all been eager to accept our graduates.


The third year is normally spent in paid employment with a private or public sector organisation. Students follow a training programme agreed with the employer and are supervised by a member of the academic staff throughout the year.

Business competitions

A team of Plymouth Business School students recently won the final of the Microsoft Protégé 2011 competition.
Team Leader Lucy Hinchcliffe said: “We are really excited to have this opportunity, and - although a little nervous - we are looking forward to presenting our campaign to Microsoft. Our campaign ideas were created and developed as a group, and we are really passionate about the idea - and we hope this comes across on the day!”
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Plymouth Business School has been shortlisted for Business School of the Year 2012 in the annual Times Higher Education Awards. Read more...
Plymouth Business School shortlisted for Business School of the Year in the annual Times Higher Education Awards THE logo
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Entry requirements

GCSE: Maths and English Language grade C. A level/AS level: 240 points (including a minimum of 160 points from two A levels or a double award).

Other combinations and non-A level qualifications considered. 14-19 Diplomas: accepted – please enquire.

If you do not have English as a first language you will be required to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in listening, reading, speaking and writing).
For further information visit the course entry requirements page