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  • University name: University of Liverpool
  • Course: Business Management N100
  • Location: Main site
  • Start date: 22 September 2025

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Course overview

BA Business Management is a flexible programme which allows you to experience a wide range of management functions and provides you with a thorough grounding in a range of business subjects.

Our Business, Management and Marketing subject area is ranked 25th from 119 providers, a rise of 10 places from last year. (Times Good University Guide 2023).


Taught by academic staff with industry experience in a variety of business sectors, from your first year of study you will be introduced to the problems and challenges of the business world and will be equipped with the knowledge to solve them. By the final year of your programme you will have the skills, business awareness and confidence to succeed in the wider business world with the opportunity to specialise in areas such as marketing, football, finance and events management.

From year one, we encourage our students to work as part of a team with peers on their course and give opportunity to work with real businesses, gaining a global perspective through a vibrant international learning community, as you are exposed to business ideas and cultures from the UK and beyond.

What you'll learn

  • Fundamentals of marketing
  • Dynamic nature of supply and demand
  • Business statistics
  • Principles of operations management
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Understanding of how businesses operate internationally
  • Strategic management and business policy
  • Gain a perspective on knowledge and innovation management


The University of Liverpool Management School holds accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This makes it one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to hold the gold standard triple accreditation.

Our Business Management course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), providing enhanced skills and understanding of how businesses are operated and managed, how to create strategies, and how people work together.

Accreditations in detail

Teaching Excellence Framework 2023

We’re proud to announce we’ve been awarded a Gold rating for educational excellence.


The University of Liverpool Management School holds accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. This makes it one of an elite group of institutions worldwide to hold the gold standard triple accreditation.

Our Business Management course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), providing enhanced skills and understanding of how businesses are operated and managed, how to create strategies, and how people work together.

Course content

Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.

Year one

Discover who you are as a professional and which areas of business you enjoy. Gain a thorough grounding in key business areas, such as: management, marketing, economics and finance. Learn to confidently interpret and analyse introductory qualitative and quantitative techniques appropriate to a business context and effectively communicate business related research findings.

As well as understanding Business Management concepts and problem-solving techniques, you will develop your employability skills from your first year of study.

Compulsory modules


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

The purpose of the module is to introduce business analytics to the non-specialist. The course aims to provide a broad understanding of descriptive, prescriptive, and predictive techniques in business analytics. It will also provide students with the ability to derive and understand a variety of graphs and statistical models which can be produced in Excel, and which provide a means for managers to make intelligent use of analytics for management, operations, and business decision-making.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The aim of this module is to introduce the core principles of economics (both micro and macro), to develop models and economic perspectives relevant to business students and demonstrate how modern economics can illuminate the problems that businesses face on a day-to-day basis.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The module is an introduction to the fundamental principles of marketing. The module aims to bring contemporary marketing perspectives to life for students new to the concept of marketing. The content of the module is underpinned by marketing theory, with an emphasis on application.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

Whether pursuing a career in marketing or in supply chain management, modern business professionals have to be well versed in the language of accounting and finance. This module aims to equip a non-specialist audience with a solid understanding of the key principles of financial reporting and management accounting. Students will first learn how firms measure and report their financial position and performance, and then engage in analysis and visualisation of real data using financial ratios. The module will also introduce students to a number of fundamental managerial decision-making techniques, such as cost-volume-profit analysis, simple costing models, budgeting, and capital investment appraisal methods.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

The module provides students with a grounding in practical and theoretical perspectives on historical and contemporary forms of management. It explores how organisations address their major challenges by drawing from tried and tested methods, as well as more innovative practices. Students are encouraged to question common sense assumptions about management, and to identify creative and sustainable practices in organisations.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This module introduces students to the graduate recruitment process by providing them with the skills required to secure a work placement or summer internship. It also provides the opportunity to acquire, develop and apply these skills.   


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 2

This is an introductory module to the role operations management plays in business. The key principles of operations management will be explained. This will be done via a journey through the organisation from customer demand to suppliers’ delivery to the company. Plenty of practical examples will be used and students will have the opportunity to understand the operational challenges in practice. Besides the subject knowledge students will participate in a number of seminars to better understand how different functions of operations could affect the performance of an organisation.


Credits: 15 / Semester: semester 1

This module aims to introduce students to the academic and professional skills they will require throughout their university career and beyond. Students will examine the tools and techniques necessary to examine and evaluate both qualitative and quantitative data and gain an understanding of how these are relevant in the modern business environment. The module will also provide an opportunity to develop key professional skills needed in the corporate environment.

Programme details and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

Our curriculum

The Liverpool Curriculum framework sets out our distinctive approach to education. Our teaching staff support our students to develop academic knowledge, skills, and understanding alongside our graduate attributes:

  • Digital fluency
  • Confidence
  • Global citizenship

Our curriculum is characterised by the three Liverpool Hallmarks:

  • Research-connected teaching
  • Active learning
  • Authentic assessment

All this is underpinned by our core value of inclusivity and commitment to providing a curriculum that is accessible to all students.

Course options

Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.

Global Opportunities

University of Liverpool students can choose from an exciting range of study placements at partner universities worldwide. Choose to spend a year at XJTLU in China or a year or semester at an institution of your choice.

What's available on this course?

Year in China

Immerse yourself in Chinese culture on an optional additional year at Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University in stunning Suzhou.

  • Learn Chinese
  • Study in a bustling world heritage city
  • Improve employment prospects
  • Study Chinese culture
  • 30 minutes from Shanghai
  • Learn new skills

Read more about Year at XJTLU, China

Year in industry

Year in industry placements give you an in-depth workplace experience where you can develop your skills and apply your learning.

  • Develop key employability skills that graduate employers are looking for
  • Experience and understand workplace culture and disciple
  • Understand the relationship between academic theory and real world application
  • Begin your professional network
  • Gain industry insight and insight into potential career options.

If you'd like to undertake a year in industry, you can transfer to Business Management with a Year in Industry BA (Hons) during your studies, subject to meeting the academic requirements of your course.

View Business Management with a Year in Industry BA (Hons)

To spend a year in industry, you'll need to secure a placement with an organisation. If you're unable to find a placement, you'll continue with the standard version of the course without a year in industry.

Language study

Every student at The University of Liverpool can study a language as part of, or alongside their degree. You can choose:

  • A dedicated languages degree
  • A language as a joint or major/ minor degree
  • Language modules (selected degrees)
  • Language classes alongside your studies

Read more about studying a language

Study as part of XJTLU 2+2

Business Management BA (Hons) can be studied through the 2+2 programme by students on the following XJTLU courses. Select your course for further details:

The natural next step for ambitious XJTLU students who want to build a brilliant career.

  • Spend two years at the University of Liverpool campus
  • Improve your prospects of progressing to postgraduate study at a top 100 university
  • Receive two degrees: one from XJTLU, one from the University of Liverpool
  • Get support with visas, accommodation and your career.

Read more about the 2+2 programme.

Your experience

Our students benefit from a range of support and experiences that can enhance their employability skills, such as; Year in Industry, ULMS extra and variety of Study Abroad options, from a summer school, semester or a Year in China.

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, BA (Hons) Business Management with a Year in Industry

Careers and employability

Studying Business Management at the Management School will not only help you understand how a business works overall, but will develop your skills of flexibility, problem-solving ability, commercial awareness and communication, all of which are highly valued by employers.

Studying BA Business Management gives our graduates the flexibility to explore a range of careers. Former students have found successful careers in professions such as:

  • Research Analyst;
  • Marketing Consultant;
  • Brand Buying;
  • Supply Chain & Logistics Management;
  • Senior Audit Associate.

Recent employers include

  • PWC;
  • Astra Zeneca;
  • Bank of America;
  • Cadbury’s;
  • Ernst and Young;
  • Kellogg’s;
  • DWP;
  • Amazon.

You will be encouraged to undertake a Year in Industry as part of the four-year sandwich degree programme.

4 in 5 business and management students find their main activity after graduation meaningful.

Graduate Outcomes, 2018-19.

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Hear what graduates say about their career progression and life after university.

Fees and funding

Your tuition fee covers almost everything, but you may have additional study costs to consider, such as books, specialist equipment or field trips.

Tuition fees

UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)
Full-time place, per year £9,250
Year in industry fee £1,850
Year abroad fee £1,385
International fees
Full-time place, per year £23,200
Year in industry fee £1,850
Fees shown are for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that the Year Abroad fee also applies to the Year in China.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support. Learn more about paying for your studies..

Additional costs

All students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying overseas during their second year, subject to your year one performance. If you elect to study abroad you will need to cover associated travel and living costs. University travel bursaries and subsistence grants are available.

Find out more about the additional study costs that may apply to this course.

Additional study costs

All students have the opportunity to spend a semester studying overseas during their second year, subject to your year one performance. If you elect to study abroad you will need to cover associated travel and living costs. University travel bursaries and subsistence grants are available.

Find out more about additional study costs.

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to provide tuition fee discounts and help with living expenses while at university.

Check out our Liverpool Bursary, worth up to £2,000 per year for eligible UK students. Or for international students, our Undergraduate Global Advancement Scholarship offers a tuition fee discount of up to £5,000 for eligible international students starting an undergraduate degree from September 2024.

Discover our full range of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries

Entry requirements

The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.

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A levels


Narrowly missed the entry requirements on results day?

You may automatically qualify for reduced entry requirements through our contextual offers scheme.

T levels

Management and Administration considered.

Applicants should contact us by completing the enquiry form on our website to discuss specific requirements in the core components and the occupational specialism.

GCSE GCSE Mathematics at grade 5/C and GCSE English at grade 4/C required.
Subject requirements

Some Level 3 qualifications are only acceptable alongside 2 A levels, please contact us for details.

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

D*D*D in a Business related subject:

  • Applied Law
  • Applied Psychology
  • Business
  • Business, Accounting and Finance
  • Computing
  • Creative Digital Media Production
  • Engineering
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality
  • Information Communications Technology
  • Information Technology
  • Media
  • Public Services
  • Strategic Management and Leadership
  • Travel and Tourism
International Baccalaureate

35 points with no score less than 4 – International Baccalaureate Mathematical Studies is not accepted for any Management School programme in lieu of GCSE Mathematics, or Higher Level Mathematics where this is a requirement

Irish Leaving Certificate H1,H1,H2,H2,H2,H3
Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher

Scottish Advanced Highers at AAB

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Only acceptable alongside 2 A levels: WB grade A with A levels AB or WB grade B with A levels AA
Access Accepted in a relevant Business/Humanities/Social Science subject, 45 L3 Credits at Distinction
International qualifications

Many countries have a different education system to that of the UK, meaning your qualifications may not meet our entry requirements. Completing your Foundation Certificate, such as that offered by the University of Liverpool International College, means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.

English language requirements

You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language, unless you’re from a majority English speaking country.

We accept a variety of international language tests and country-specific qualifications.

International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.

English language qualification Requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no component below 5.5
TOEFL iBT 88 overall, with minimum scores of listening 17, writing 17, reading 17 and speaking 19
Duolingo English Test 120 overall, with no component below 95
Pearson PTE Academic 61 overall, with no component below 59
LanguageCert Academic 70 overall, with no skill below 60
Cambridge IGCSE First Language English 0500 Grade C overall, with a minimum of grade 2 in speaking and listening. Speaking and listening must be separately endorsed on the certificate.
Cambridge IGCSE First Language English 0990 Grade 4 overall, with Merit in speaking and listening
Cambridge IGCSE Second Language English 0510/0511 0510: Grade B overall, with a minimum of grade 2 in speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate. 0511: Grade B overall.
Cambridge IGCSE Second Language English 0993/0991 0993: Grade 6 overall, with a minimum of grade 2 in speaking. Speaking must be separately endorsed on the certificate. 0991: Grade 6 overall.
International Baccalaureate Grade 5 at Standard Level or grade 4 at Higher Level
Cambridge ESOL Level 2/3 Advanced 176 overall, with no paper below 162


Do you need to complete a Pre-Sessional English course to meet the English language requirements for this course?

The length of Pre-Sessional English course you’ll need to take depends on your current level of English language ability.

Find out the length of Pre-Sessional English course you may require for this degree.

Pre-sessional English

If you don’t meet our English language requirements, we can use your most recent IELTS score, or the equivalent score in selected other English language tests, to determine the length of Pre-Sessional English course you require.

Use the table below to check the course length you're likely to require for your current English language ability and see whether the course is available on campus or online.

Your most recent IELTS score Pre-Sessional English course length On campus or online
6.0 overall, with no component below 5.5 6 weeks On campus
5.5 overall, with no component below 5.5 10 weeks On campus and online options available
5.5 overall, with no more than one component below 5.5, and no component below 5.0 12 weeks On campus and online options available
5.5 overall, with no component below 4.5 20 weeks On campus
5.0 overall, with no component below 4.5 30 weeks On campus
4.5 overall, with no more than one component below 4.5, and no component below 4.0 40 weeks On campus

If you’ve completed an alternative English language test to IELTS, we may be able to use this to assess your English language ability and determine the Pre-Sessional English course length you require.

Please see our guide to Pre-Sessional English entry requirements for IELTS 6.5, with no component below 5.5, for further details.

Contextual offers: reduced grade requirements

Based on your personal circumstances, you may automatically qualify for up to a two-grade reduction in the entry requirements needed for this course. When you apply, we consider a range of factors – such as where you live – to assess if you’re eligible for a grade reduction. You don’t have to make an application for a grade reduction – we’ll do all the work.

Find out more about how we make reduced grade offers.

Preferred subjects

Students who have A levels in two or more of these subjects may be given preference if places are available.

  • Accounting
  • English Literature
  • Maths
  • Anthropology
  • English Language and Literature
  • Music
  • Archaeology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Ancient History
  • Further Maths
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • Business Studies/ Applied
  • Geology
  • Religious Studies
  • Classics
  • Government & Politics
  • Science in Society
  • Chemistry
  • History
  • Sociology
  • Computing
  • History of Art
  • Statistics
  • Economics
  • Languages*
  • World Development
  • English Language
  • Law

*Languages include modern foreign / community languages taken as individual subjects (e.g French, Spanish, Urdu, Gujarati) and classical language (e.g. Biblical Hebrew, Latin, Classical Greek).

About our entry requirements

Our entry requirements may change from time to time both according to national application trends and the availability of places at Liverpool for particular courses. We review our requirements before the start of the new UCAS cycle each year and publish any changes on our website so that applicants are aware of our typical entry requirements before they submit their application.

Recent changes to government policy which determine the number of students individual institutions may admit under the student number control also have a bearing on our entry requirements and acceptance levels, as this policy may result in us having fewer places than in previous years.

We believe in treating applicants as individuals, and in making offers that are appropriate to their personal circumstances and background. For this reason, we consider a range of factors in addition to predicted grades, widening participation factors amongst other evidence provided. Therefore the offer any individual applicant receives may differ slightly from the typical offer quoted in the prospectus and on the website.

Alternative entry requirements

  • If your qualification isn't listed here, or you're taking a combination of qualifications, contact us for advice
  • If you are returning to learning, have had a disrupted education or are switching career pathways, the one-year Go Higher diploma qualifies you to apply for University of Liverpool arts, humanities and social sciences programmes
  • Applications from mature students are welcome.

Changes to Business Management BA (Hons)

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