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University of Northampton

Business Studies BA (hons)

  • Duration : 2 Years
  • Intake : Sep
  • Level : Undergraduate
  • Tuition & fees : £ 12,500 Per Year
  • IELTS : 6.0
  • TOEFL : 0
  • PTE : 0

About this course

Business Studies provides graduates with the skills and knowledge fit for a career in business. You will study areas such as marketing, finance, economics and management, allowing you to specialise too.

Our Business Studies course provides you with the opportunity to develop specialist business expertise, while helping you learn key transferable skills, all of which will make you stand out when it comes to securing your dream job. The course covers a variety of subject areas to ensure that you have the skills to gain employment in a number of sectors.

Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.

Course Details

This course combines academic challenge with a practical focus and gives you the option to spend a year out on placement which will enhance your prospects on graduating from your course.

Aside from the required modules, there are options for you to study areas of business law, languages and business in a global context meaning you can focus on specific areas you are passionate about.

Throughout study, you will become an affiliate member of CMI, giving you access to a range of knowledge and support services from CMI to enhance your learning and boost your employability prospects. Recent studies have found that 75% of employers believe that graduates should pursue professional qualifications such as CMI as evidence of practical skills.

Stage one

At stage one you will follow compulsory modules where you will learn the core concepts of business. This will give you the foundation you need to build on theory and process of management as you will study the business environment and how this is managed. The management of human and financial resources is explored in combination with managing business information.

The first stage introduces you to a range of essential aspects of business. The modules you will study are marketing, accounting and finance, managing people and the business environment. A module on information management will support your development of practical digital skills for business purposes for employability. Business in Society explores the dynamics of organisations’ relationship between profit generation, environmental sustainability and social development with a particular focus on the media influence in driving businesses attention towards issues such as child labour, modern slavery and image.

Stage two

The second stage of the course enables you to start to define the areas that you would like to specialise in for your future career. Modules at this stage build upon the foundations of the first year.

You can begin to tailor your studies according to your desired career development. With a range of optional modules to complement the core modules on this course, you will be able to select to specialise in areas such as finance, marketing, human resources management, project management and information technology.

Optional Work Placement Year

You are encouraged to undertake a year-long placement in between Stages Two and Three of study. If you meet the entry criteria, and choose to take up a placement year you will find it an invaluable experience that helps you to apply your learning in your final year and prepares you for your career. Whilst on your Optional Work Placement Year you will study a 40 credit module ‘The Placement Year Experience – Organisations in Context’. We offer a lot of support in helping you to find a placement, which can be in the UK or overseas.

Stage three

In the final stage, you will complete modules on debates in strategic management, together with a dissertation in your chosen specialist area. In addition, you can choose to study further modules in a vocational area such as marketing, finance and accounting, operations management or human resource management. Alternatively, you can choose from more general interest modules such as cross-cultural management and global business development.

Methods of Learning

This course is three years full-time with an optional placement year. We also offer a flexible part-time mode of study.

From day one, we immerse you in your chosen modules. You will be working on problems and projects that will give you practical insight that will stay with you throughout your learning journey and after you graduate.

If you are studying this course you can expect up to 12 hours face to face contact in seminars, workshops and tutor supported activity through the virtual learning environment. We recommend that you spend 15 hours per week in self-directed study time in addition to your supported learning.

We have an increased focus on seminars or tutorials that allow closer interaction between our students and staff. This can take the form of one-to-one or small group discussions, allowing for the exchange of ideas, teamwork and feedback, allowing you to develop a wide range of cognitive and intellectual skills, together with competencies specific to business and enterprise.


The course is assessed in a number of ways through individual or group presentations, individual written assignments such as portfolios of work and reports as well as examinations.


EU and International Scholarships

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University of Northampton Highlights

Institute Type Public
Campus Setting Urban
Number of Staff 1,611
Number of Students 11,984
Number of International Students 1000
Graduation Employment Rate 95%
Student Satisfaction Rate 89%
Academic Programs Offered Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Mode of Programs Offered Full time, Part time and Distance
Medium of Instruction English
Average Tuition Fee for International Fee GBP 12,000 - GBP 15,000
Proficiency Test for English Language IELTS, TOEFL iBT or Pearson PTE
Financial Aid Scholarships, Funds and Loans

University of Northampton Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

For all the prospective candidates for the institute, an estimated cost of living in the UK is as cpmipield below.

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee varies from one course to another. Following are some of the popular courses along with the tuition cost:

Undergraduate Courses 

Course Fee
BA and BSc Degrees GBP 12,900
BSc Podiatry / BSc Occupational Therapy GBP 13,900
BSc Nursing GBP 15,750
Sandwich / placement Year GBP 1,000

Graduate Courses 

Course Fee
MA or MSc Degrees GBP 13,750
MBA GBP 14,750

Cost of Attendance

Basic list of expenses apart from tuition fee are as follows:

Type of Expenditure Cost (in GBP, per week)
Accommodation (includes basic facilities) 130 to 300
Food 36 to 52
Mobile phone 4 to 14
Travel Around 17
Books and supplies Around 11
Clothing and personal care 16 to 26
Entertainment Around 29

University of Northampton Application Process

Basic Admission Requirements

  1. Certified transcripts of high school/college/university
  2. One reference required
  3. Statement of Purpose depicting the interest of the applicant in the chosen course
  4. MBA applicants must also have a proof of work experience
  5. Arts and design applicant must also submit their portfolio 

The Result of Language Tests for English Proficiency from all the international applicants. The exams valid are IELTS, TOEFL iBT and Pearson PTE. Following are the minimum scores required in IELTS to gain admission:

Academic Programs Minimum Score
Undergraduate 6.0 overall and not less than 5.5 in each section
Postgraduate 6.5 overall and not less than 5.5 in each section
Research 7.0 overall and not less than 6.5 in each section

Additional Requirements

  1. When an international student is accepted they are required to pay the deposit fee of GBP 5,000 and will then receive a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from the University.
  2. Other documents for the visa application process are:
  • Passport
  • UK visa history form
  • Proof of financial support
Fees components - (1st year Fees and expense)

Tuition & fees :

£ 12,500


£ 12,500

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