0 student

Course Essentials

Arden University’s BA (Hons) Degree in Business, will develop your management skills while exploring both internal and external business environments.

This Arden University Degree is taught via our Blended Learning programme, which lets you combine online study with lectures 2 days a week at one of our London, Manchester or Birmingham based study centres.

Part of the School of Business and Management, this Business Degree will not only teach you the basics of Business, but will also explore topics such as Management Skills, the Principles of Marketing, Business Analysis and Managing Change.

When you finish your Arden  University qualification you will be an adaptable ‘all-rounder’ in Business – essential in today’s modern, ever changing business world.

When can I study?

Requiring just 8 hours of classes a week at your chosen UK study centre.

In addition to the 8 hours of face-to-face teaching each week, you will be expected to study an additional minimum of 25.5 hours of online independent learning.

This is perfect if you want more guided learning but need the flexibility to study around work, family or other commitments.

*hours will be allocated by Arden University.
**available from February 2020 – subject to numbers

Entry Requirements

This BA (Hons) Business Degree course at Arden University has standard entry requirements. To be eligible for this course you must have either:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • Have completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent

Don’t meet the standard entry requirements, but have work experience?

We are happy to consider an application from you at Arden University if you can show us you have the motivation to study our Blended Learning programme.

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We’ll also ask you for references and evidence of relevant work experience.

Don’t have any of the above?

We also offer this course as a 4 year Degree which includes a foundation year (subject to validation). This first year prepares you for university-level study and is ideal if you don’t have the formal qualifications or work experience detailed above.

Non-native English speaker?
If your prior learning was not taught in English we require IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Course Content

You’ll start your Business Degree at Arden University by studying the core areas of business and best practices, before choosing an area of business you’d like to specialise in. You’ll then come to understand the role your specialism plays in the wider business environment.

Core Modules

Year 1

  • Developing Personal and Management Skills
  • Understanding the Business Environment
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Introduction to Finance
  • People in Organisations
  • Management Information Systems

Study skills

During the first 6 weeks of year 1 (Block 1) you will also attend 4 study skills workshops, providing advice and guidance to help you achieve university success. Sessions may include Reading & Note-Taking, iLearn Online Library, Referencing & Plagiarism and Approaching Assignments. This will bring your weekly class time up to 9.5 house a week for Block 1. The following study blocks will be the usual 8 hours classroom time (+ online tuition and self-guided study time).

Year 2

  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Business Processes
  • Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
  • Business Analysis
  • Managing Knowledge
  • Managing Change in Organisations

Year 3

  • Contemporary Management Issues
  • Strategic Management
  • Managing Self and Others
  • International Management
  • Research Methods and Dissertation

Please note that the modules listed are indicative and may be subject to change.


We use a wide variety of assessment methods at Arden, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in more ways than one. These could include:

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work

To support your development and ensure that you’re on the right track with your Blended Learning studies, you’ll receive tutor feedback for every assessment you submit.

If required, your tutor may be able to give you suggestions and tips for improvement and help you understand how to apply your newly acquired skills into real-life settings.

Your Arden University module tutors have been selected for their teaching experience and industry expertise. As experts in their respective subjects, they’ll present theories you can apply in a professional setting and engage you in topical discussions throughout your Blended Learning Degree course.

You can get more detailed course information by viewing our BA (Hons) Business (CMI) Programme Specification.

Career Prospects

What can a Business Degree do for me?

As an Arden Business graduate, you’ll have developed a wide range of transferable skills – and this will help you stand out in today’s competitive jobs market.

While studying you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of business functions
  • Develop an analytical eye and critical thinking skills
  • Become an expert problem solver and confident communicator in business settings
  • Acquire an appreciation and understanding of organisational behaviour and structure
  • Start to have a strong idea of which career path you want to pursue

What can I do after Arden University?

After graduating, you’ll be prepared for a vast range of professional roles. These could include:

  • Human Resources Manager
  • Business Development Executive
  • Business Performance & Transformation Consultant
  • Marketing Executive
  • Operations Manager
  • Financial Controller
  • Retail Manager

Business graduates who have studied with us (or in partnership with us) at Arden have gone on to fulfil roles such as Brand Manager, Business Analyst, Digital Marketing Specialist and Project Manager.

What do Arden’s Business alumni say?

“Having completed the programme, I feel more confident especially in human resources, and better able to view many aspects of the business from a strategic perspective. I feel I have a better understanding of my own strengths – and weaknesses – and am able to apply my learning effectively to add value to my day-to-day business life.”

Justin Smith, Arden University Business Graduate

What is Blended Learning in Arden University ?

Do you want to study for a Degree, but feel like you just don’t have the time to fit it into your life? Arden University’s  Blended Learning courses combine innovative online learning with traditional, face-to-face classes to give you a more flexible way to study.

How does it work?

The face-to-face hours are delivered as a part-time course would be, but with the additional independent online learning, you can still complete your Degree in 3 years*. This Blended approach means you can study anytime, anywhere and your tutors and support teams can be contacted outside of the classroom, online or over the phone.

When can I study?

Requiring just 8 hours of classes a week at your chosen UK study centre, you will have the opportunity to select when you want to learn: weekdays or  evenings .

  • Weekdays: 2 days per week either 9.00–13.00 or 13.30-17.30
  • Evenings**: 2 evenings per week 17.30–21.30

Where can I study?

With 5 Arden study centres across the UK, in Birmingham, London and Manchester, we believe we can offer a study option that suits most lifestyles.

So, whether you’re a full-time parent, striving to be employee of the month, or just don’t want the traditional study methods offered by other universities, Blended Learning at Arden University offers all the flexibility and support you need to fit study around your life.

Take a look at the courses on offer and talk to one of the Ulearn’s course advisors through our Live Chat function, or complete an enquiry form and someone will be in touch.

*4 years if taken with a foundation year.
** selected centres and courses only.

Flexible Intake Dates

At Arden University you don’t have to start your Degree in September like most other universities. We offer 6 different intakes throughout the year so you can start your course at a time that suits you and fits around your commitments.

Undergraduate Intake Dates

  • September
  • November
  • February
  • April
  • June

 How much will it cost?

We believe costs shouldn’t be a barrier to personal development which is why the cost of studying with Arden is lower than traditional universities. If you are looking for a smart, value for money option then look no further – you can stay in control of your finance and focus on your learning.

You can choose to pay for your course in full, in installments or through employer sponsorship. For UK students, you can also choose to pay with a student loan, if you’re eligible. For more information and for up-to-date fees please visit: https://arden.ac.uk/studying-with-us/fees-and-funding




Curriculum is empty



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *