BA (Hons) Business Management

Please note: This degree is a Work Based Distance Learning (WBDL) programme.

The Course

The BA (Hons) Business Management programme offers students the opportunity to advance their career through engaging in personal and professional development, with the aim of increasing management competence and enhancing overall employability.

This work-based distance learning programme is designed to provide those working within an appropriate environment, and commonly already holding professional qualifications, the management skills to effectively and efficiently manage their work areas.

The degree draws upon specialised knowledge and skills you have already developed during the course of your employment.

The degree encourages the development of lifelong learners and offers the following key features:

  • A blended learning approach, drawing on University of Lincoln's expertise in delivering online programmes to part-time students in full-time employment
  • An innovative and creative approach in teaching, learning and assessment, drawing on a range of digital and technological learning tools
  • A learning experience, offering students a wider critical perspective on the consequences of individual decisions and actions and on the ethics of being socially responsible, including corporate social responsibility, part of the Lincoln International Business School’s ‘responsible futures principles’.
  • A clear focus on the student experience and academic, pastoral and professional support and care.

This flexible learning programme can be tailored to the individual needs and circumstances and provides an academically rigorous learning environment within which students have the opportunity to extend their skills, expertise, knowledge, vision and personal and career development by:

  • engaging in independent learning, reflective debate and practice, supported throughout by a module tutor and a range of resources
  • focusing on theoretical aspects of business and management, offering the opportunity to apply theories and concepts to students' workplaces, developing knowledge in addition to developing a range of skills and abilities
  • gaining an understanding of the dynamic nature of modern organisations and the environment within which they operate by applying module content to management situations within the workplace in increasingly integrated and systematic ways


The BA (Hons) Business Management programme presents a framework within which students may engage in personal and professional development by integrating the acquisition of knowledge, skills and experience, whilst simultaneously contributing to organisational effectiveness. This programme is designed to be flexible and dynamic enough to reflect and absorb change and facilitate the student’s acquisition of a range of skills and knowledge that may be needed to rise to the challenges of the contemporary workplace.

The BA (Hons) Business Management degree presents a distance-learning framework to enable individuals to complete the programme within a two year period - the duration reflects personal circumstances, accredited experience, prior learning and work commitments.

Coaching and Mentoring (Option)
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Coaching and Mentoring (Option)

This module introduces students to coaching and mentoring as an approach to organisational performance improvement. Coaching can be understood as facilitating someone to reach their own potential to maximise their own performance, helping them learn rather than telling them.

Critical Enquiry Skills (Core)
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Critical Enquiry Skills (Core)

This module aims to equip students with appropriate knowledge and skills to enable them to engage critically with their studies, and the Independent Research Project in particular.

Digital Communications in a Business Environment (Core)
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Digital Communications in a Business Environment (Core)

This module aims to introduce students to the concept of digital communication and its components, and provoke the thought process of digital communication to enable the effectiveness and sustainability of businesses. Drawing upon a variety of conceptualisations and propositions on digital communication in business contexts, students can focus on the structure of the digital communication set-up within their own organisation and will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge, experiences and skills on using digital communication to exchange information, to facilitate effective management.

Finance for the Non-finance Manager (Core)
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Finance for the Non-finance Manager (Core)

This module aims to apply academic theory and thinking to students' own organisation and linking finance to other functions within the organisation.

Independent Research Project (Core)
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Independent Research Project (Core)

The dissertation is the capstone project of the programme. It provides students with the opportunity to apply, integrate, and deepen the knowledge, insights, and skills that have learned throughout the programme of study. The focus of this project should be a real-world issue or a research topic.

Whilst it is intended that most students will complete a work-based research project, in keeping with the ethos of our programmes, this module seeks to enable and facilitate innovation and creativity. Therefore, the format of the final assessment can be negotiated with the supervisor, dissertation coordinator and programme leader.

Integrating Leadership and Management Experience (Core)
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Integrating Leadership and Management Experience (Core)

This module is designed to develop and assess students’ ability to reflect critically on leadership and management professional practice and experiences. The expectation is that academic theory and literature will be critically reviewed and applied to the professional experience and organisational context to allow for personal development planning.

Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Option)
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Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to the key concept of managing a logistics and supply chain, and to build a framework within which they can critically analyse the performance of these functions. In practice logistics and supply chain management is about the way in which organisations deliver outputs in support of the organisation’s intended objectives.

Managing Projects (Option)
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Managing Projects (Option)

In this module students have the opportunity to develop a solid foundation in the theory and best practice of project management, and can develop the practical skills of how to plan, implement and control projects. The module aims to provide students with an understanding of the system perspective on management and a practically-oriented introduction to the nature, purpose and standards of project management and its key functional objectives (scope, time, cost, quality, risk and flexibility). The role and qualities of the project manager and the composition of the team are also evaluated.

Venture Creation (Option)
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Venture Creation (Option)

This module is designed enable students to use entrepreneurial skills gained through the study of both theory and practice and be able to pursue careers in a range of industries. It encourages the application of free thinking to contemporary situations so as to apply a conceptual environment to a number of business situations. The module examines modern day success stories of contemporary businesses and traces their origins and reasons for successful accomplishments. It will reflect the entrepreneurial learning process which informs how entrepreneurs learn from previous mistakes.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

This programmes centres around work-based learning, which is not just about acquiring knowledge and a set of technical skills, but reflection and learning from experience. Application to context and evidence of application is central to the learning process as learning is seen as arising from action and problem solving within a work environment, centred around live projects and challenges to individuals and organisations.

Assignment briefs will inform students of the intended learning outcomes and requirements relating to assessment. The work-based focus of any project or assignment will involve negotiation and agreement between the student and the module tutor.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

2017/18 Entry Part-time
Home/EU £7,000*
International £7,000*

* Fees of £7000 are for the whole programme based on completion within two years following initial enrolment (excluding any periods where study has been interrupted). There is an additional administration charge of £583 for an additional year of study.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Other Costs

Optional on-campus days may be available to you. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, University of Lincoln provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read.

However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost.

Each programme is designed to meet the needs of students in any business who want to upgrade their operations skills and progress their qualifications to degree level. To qualify for direct entry we normally look for a recent level 5 qualification (up to 5 years old) and on-going employment in a relevant field to the course subject area.

We may also accept candidates with a level 4 qualification or extensive work experience under certain conditions. If you are unsure of your suitability for the degree, please contact our Admissions team.


Your Future Career

BA (Hons) Business Management programme is designed to help students advance their careers by furthering their management competence and general employability. The course is designed to enable students to extend their skills, knowledge and vision and to provide them with opportunities for personal and career development.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.


The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.